Sacrament of Baptism

All forms and documents must be completed and turned in to the Church Office prior to a Baptism date being scheduled. Once all forms and documents are received the Baptism may be scheduled. Currently baptisms at St. Joseph are scheduled on Saturday after the Vigil Mass OR on Sunday after the noon Mass.

For parents – Before the Baptism:

  • Parents need to be registered and active parishioners of St. Joseph for at least two months before attending baptism seminar. (Register Now)
  • Parents are required to attend the baptism seminar before the baptism can be scheduled. A certificate of attendance will be provided.
  • Parents select one or two Catholics in good standing with the church and their parish church to serve as the child’s godparent(s).
    • If you choose to have two godparents, one must be male and the other female.
    • Only a Catholic can be a Godparent sponsoring a child into the Catholic Church. As an exception, if the parents cannot designate a Catholic for this important role, one non-Catholic who is baptized Christian can be a “Christian witness.” (Note: Only the names of Godparents are included in the church’s official records.)

For Godparents (who are parishioners of St. Joseph)

  • Godparents must be practicing Catholics and meet the requirements listed on the Godparent Requirement tab. Thus we need:
    • A current Certificate of Baptism with *notations of sacraments received issued within the past 3 months  This certificate must be signed and sealed by the church pastor. (* baptism, first communion, confirmation and marriage (if applicable)  To obtain a Certificate of Baptism, please call your church of baptism to request this document.
    • A Baptism Seminar Certificate.  Godparents are required to attend a baptism seminar within the past 5 years.  A certificate of attendance at  the baptism seminar should be provided with your documents.  (A certificate is issued by church where the seminar took place).
    • A Godparent Eligibility Form for Baptism

“Christian witnesses” are not required to submit any documents. Canon 874 §2. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.

Note: Parents, if you are having your child baptized outside St. Joseph Parish,  please contact that church parish.

 

All forms and documents must be completed and turned in to the Church Office prior to a Baptism date being scheduled. Once all forms and documents are received the Baptism may be scheduled. Currently baptisms at St. Joseph are scheduled on Saturday after the Vigil Mass OR on Sunday after the noon Mass. 

For parents from another Catholic Church.

  • Parents need to provide the pastor of St. Joseph (or his delegate) the following:
    • A letter from your pastor stating that you are active and in good standing with the church and the pastor gives permission that your child may be baptized at St. Joseph.
    • A Baptism Seminar Certificate.  Parents are required to attend a baptism seminar within the past 5 years.  A certificate of attendance at  the baptism seminar should be provided with your documents.  (A certificate is issued by church where the seminar took place).
    • If you have asked a priest or deacon to come to St. Joseph parish who is not assigned to St. Joseph to perform the baptism of your child, they should submit a letter of request to the pastor of St. Joseph

For Godparents – Before the Baptism

  • Godparents must be practicing Catholics and meet the requirements listed on the Godparent Requirement tab. Thus we need:
    • A current Certificate of Baptism with *notations of sacraments received issued within the past 3 months  This certificate must be signed and sealed by the church pastor. (* baptism, first communion, confirmation and marriage (if applicable)  To obtain a Certificate of Baptism, please call your church of baptism to request this document.
    • A Baptism Seminar Certificate.  Godparents are required to attend a baptism seminar within the past 5 years.  A certificate of attendance at  the baptism seminar should be provided with your documents.  (A certificate is issued by church where the seminar took place).
    • A Godparent Eligibility Form for Baptism
    • A Godparent Priest Permission Letter
  • Only a practicing Catholic can be a Godparent sponsoring a child into the Catholic Church. As an exception, if the parents cannot designate a Catholic for this important role, one non-Catholic who is baptized Christian can be a “Christian witness.” (Note: only the names of Godparents are included in the church’s official records.). Christian witnesses are not required to submit any forms or documents.

All forms and documents must be completed and turned in to the Church Office prior to a Baptism date being scheduled. Once all forms and documents are received the Baptism may be scheduled. Currently baptisms at St. Joseph are scheduled on Saturday after the Vigil Mass OR on Sunday after the noon Mass.

Those who wish to serve as a Godparent for a baptism in the Catholic Church must request a baptismal forms from the parish office. These forms verify that the sponsor has met the requirements for acting as a sponsor, which, in addition to attending a baptismal seminar, the sponsor(s) requirements are as follows: 1) at least 16 years old 2) practicing Catholic with good standing in the church 3) not of the same gender as the second godparent 4) have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation Upon meeting these requirements a Certificate of Baptism with notations should be presented to the baptism coordinator for the parish.

Canon Law regarding Sponsors

Can. 872 Insofar as possible, a person to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who assists an adult in Christian initiation or together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it.

Can. 873 There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each. Can. 874 §1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must: 1/ be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function; 2/ have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause 3/ be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on; 4/ not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared; 5/ not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized. §2. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.

  • Infant Baptism: according to the laws of the universal Church, a minor child under the age of seven is considered as an infant (Canon 97.1) as well as those who habitually lack the use of reason. (Canon 99).
  • For an infant to be licitly baptized, it is necessary that:
    • at least one of the parents consents to it (or the person that lawfully takes the parents place) and;
    • there is a well-founded hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Church. For example: formation and continued education in the faith, and participation in the spiritual life of the church community… (Canons 868-869)
  • There should be one (1) Godparent for the person to be baptized (who is not the father or mother of the one to be baptized). (Canons 873, 874.1)
  • IF there are to be two Godparents, they must be of the opposite sex (male and female). (Canon 873)
  • Qualifications of acceptable Godparent (who sponsors the child into the Catholic Church).
    • that he/she be designated by the parents of the person to be baptized; if this designation is lacking, the Pastor or Minister of the Sacrament may designate.
    • that he/she has an intention to carry out the duty;
    • that he/she be at least 16 years of age;
    • that he/she be a Roman Catholic of the Latin Rite (Eastern Rite Catholics are allowed);
    • that he/she has received the Sacrament of Confirmation;
    • that he/she has received the Sacrament of Holy Communion;
    • that he/she be a registered and practicing Catholic leading a life of faith in harmony with the Church;
    • that he/she if married, the marriage is recognized by the Catholic Church
    • that he/she not be under a lawfully imposed or declared canonical penalty.
  • If there is only one Godparent (who must be Catholic) a “Christian Witness” (Non-Catholic) may also be chosen for the one to be baptized:
    • A baptized person belonging to a non-Catholic ecclesial community ‘may be’ admitted as a “witness” to baptism (the formal title is Christian Witness, not “Godparent.” (Canon 874.2)
    • This privilege applies only to a Non-Catholic belonging to an ecclesial community i.e. Mainline Protestant Church, Greek Orthodox, and other Churches with valid baptisms. A Catholic cannot be a Witness. A non-Christian cannot be a Witness.

All forms and documents must be completed and turned in to the Church Office prior to a Baptism date being scheduled. Once all forms and documents are received the Baptism may be scheduled. Currently baptisms at St. Joseph are scheduled on Saturday after the Vigil Mass OR on Sunday after the noon Mass. 

Below are the forms regarding necessary information needed in order to have a baptism take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church or to be a Godparent for a baptism at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Forms below are electronically fillable. Please open the form and you may click with your cursor (mouse) on to the line you need to type. Once form is completed you may save it to your computer and attach it to an email and send it to the appropriate email address. If you have difficulty electronically completing the forms, simply print the forms and fill them out manually and bring/mail to the Church Office.

infant baptism check list 10.2015

Baptismal Record Information Form – Parents complete this form

Godparent Eligibility Form

Godparent Priest Permission Letter  – Godparents who are NOT parishioners of St. Joseph must print and take this letter to their pastor to sign, date and seal. This letter is not to be brought to St. Joseph by the parent or godparent – it should only be mailed from the godparent’s pastor to:

St. Joseph Family Life Center Office

Attention: Kathy Schimschock, Pastoral Secretary

211 Atlantic Avenue

Shreveport, LA  71105

All forms and documents must be completed and turned in to the Church Office prior to a Baptism date being scheduled. Once all forms and documents are received the Baptism may be scheduled. Currently baptisms at St. Joseph are scheduled on Saturday after the Vigil Mass OR on Sunday after the noon Mass.

 

St. Joseph Catholic Church Baptismal Seminars are held on the first Wednesday of the months of February, April, June, August, October, December from at 6:30 until 8:00 PM in the Side Room of the Family Life Center located at 211 Atlantic Ave, Shreveport, LA 71105.  A nursery is provided for children under the age of 4 whose parents are attending the Baptismal Seminar.  Please call Susan Prest in advance at 318-841-8213 to reserve a place for your child in the nursery.

Parents and Godparents are required to attend a Baptism seminar and completing all necessary paperwork before scheduling a Baptism at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Please call Dotye Sue Stanford at 841-8208 to register and schedule a brief interview before the seminar.

It is recommended that the parents attend a Baptismal Seminar three months prior to the birth of your child.

 

Upcoming Baptismal Seminar dates

October 7, 2015

December 2, 2015

February 3, 2016

April 6, 2016

June 1, 2016

August 3, 2016

October 5, 2016

December 7, 2016

 

Dotye Sue Stanford

Dotye Sue Stanford

DIrector of Family Life Ministries

dstanford@stjosephchurch.net

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